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Basingstoke Voluntary Action is a charitable company limited by guarantee (Charity Registration Number 1077442 / Company Ltd by Guarantee Number 3802713) and is governed by a Board of Trustees.

Our Board comes from a variety of business and charity backgrounds and bring with them a wealth of knowledge and expertise.

Our Board

Carol Bode: Chair of Trustees

Carol Bode: Chair of Trustees

Carol joined BVA as a Trustee in September 2016 having been invited by the Chairman and CEO to facilitate strategic planning sessions with the Trustee Board and consider key governance arrangements. When Carol was asked to become a BVA Trustee she was pleased to do so.

After 30 years in leadership and management roles in Sainsbury’s, Top Shop, The AA and GMAC-RFC, Carol now devotes her time to organisations which have a strong social purpose and set of core values. Today, Carol holds Board Director roles in the NHS as Chair of Wiltshire Health and Care, Chair of the Radian Housing Group, with HCC as Independent Chair of Hampshire Safeguarding Adults Board and also serves as a local Magistrate. Until December 2015, Carol was Chair of Governors at The Costello School.

Carol loves knowing that in some small way she contributes in helping individuals, some living in very vulnerable circumstances, live as independent and fulfilling lives as possible.
She has lived in Basingstoke since 1979 so has seen Basingstoke and surrounding areas develop and continue to do so. Carol is married with grown up sons and loves photography!

Dr Beth Linklater: Vice Chair

Dr Beth Linklater: Vice Chair

Beth is a highly experienced Education and Project Management professional with a variety of management, teaching, research, administration and leadership roles for 26 years in both academia and the wider educational sector and is a fluent German speaker.
Beth currently holds the position of Assistant Principal at Queen Mary’s College where she has worked since 2004 and where she is responsible for all areas of student support.
Having lived in Basingstoke for 14 years and been a school governor and Vice Chair at The Costello Academy, Beth wishes to continue to contribute to the town and give back to the community. At QMC she frequently has students who want to volunteer or benefit from the services of BVA and therefore she believes she would provide a useful link and bridge between the two.

Karen Chillman: Trustee

Karen Chillman: Trustee

Karen has over 30 years’ experience of working in the sector more than 15 years of which in senior management positions and currently holds the position of Head of Volunteering at Croydon Voluntary Action. Karen has also spent 6 years as a Trustee of Greater London Volunteering and is an active member of the South London Volunteering Networks.
Since taking on her current role, it has moved from a small back street office to a prominent location in the centre of Croydon and despite cuts in funding, she has developed new and initiative ways of working that has enabled it to maintain an open access service for 6 days per week to support VCS organisations and those who want to connect with their local communities. She is recognised as a leader within the volunteering community in London receiving a Police Commendation fort the work she has been doing around the appropriate adult volunteer scheme. She has many years’ experience of income generation and fundraising and an understanding of leveraging private sector finances and support for third sector organisations.
Karen moved to Basingstoke recently to be nearer family and now wants to contribute to her local community.


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